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Airport baggage handler Average UK Salary & Prospects

Airport baggage handlers load and unload luggage and cargo from aircraft.

  • Determine the quantity and orientation of cargo, and compute an aircraft's center of gravity.  
  • Direct ground crews in the loading, unloading, securing, or staging of aircraft cargo or baggage.  
  • Train new employees in areas such as safety procedures or equipment operation.  
  • Distribute cargo to maximize use of space.  
  • Calculate
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Airport baggage handlers typically work around 44 to 46 hours per week.

As a Airport baggage handler you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
27,813 GBP *
per year
15,000 GBP
20,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Airport baggage handler
  • 27,931 GBP
Average salary for part-time Airport baggage handler
Average salary for full-time Airport baggage handler

  • 16,446 GBP
  • 16,446 GBP
  • 27,813 GBP
  • 27,931 GBP
Pay over time for Airport baggage handler

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 28,643 GBP
  • 26,979 GBP
  • 28,261 GBP
  • 28,399 GBP
  • 25,785 GBP
  • 27,813 GBP

Future outlook for Airport baggage handlers

Fair outlook
9 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
-1% yearly wage growth (on average)
Balanced outlook
57% chance of automation in the future

Airport baggage handler - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Airport baggage handler and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 64% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • 18% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 10% of people in this role have do not have GCSEs or equivalent qualification

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include the Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Aviation Environment.

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Airport baggage handler


Things to highlight for your Airport baggage handler interview

Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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